Pam Knox

  • The Climate Prediction Center website shows that for the next two weeks, much of the eastern US is going to be much colder than usual, and the Southeast is likely to be wetter than normal.  You can find these prediction maps at www.cpc.noaa.gov.  The wet and cool conditions should help to alleviate the short-term dryness…

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  • El Nino slow to develop

    Recent observations of the eastern Pacific Ocean show that the expected El Nino has not developed as predicted and that even though the ocean temperatures are showing warming, the atmosphere has not followed suit, leading to mediocre El Nino signals.  This makes it more likely that if El Nino develops (as is still expected), it…

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  • Lawn and Garden Moisture Index

    Do things seem really dry where you are?  How much should you water your lawn or irrigate your crops?  There are a number of commercial products out there that can help you determine this, but one simple method that is available for free is the Lawn and Garden Moisture Index, a daily map put out…

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  • You may have seen some news reports mentioning that NOAA recently reinstated July 1936 as the hottest month on record for the US, and heard the subsequent uproar from political commentators.  Here is a column from David Zierden, the Florida State Climatologist, discussing this topic: “NOAA Reinstates July 1936 as the Hottest Month on Record”…

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  • The Packer  noted this week that lemons could top $50 per box this year due to frost in Chile and the drought in California in this article posted here.  Lemons are no longer grown commercially in Florida due to the severe frosts of the 1970’s, which wiped out many groves, according to the Tampa Bay…

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  • After the quick passage of TS Arthur along the East Coast, the Southeast has been relatively dry and less humid than usual.  The beginning of this week should be fairly dry across the state, although isolated showers could occur, especially in the south and along the coasts.  Humidity will rise as the week progresses.  The…

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  • Flood of 1994 twenty years later

    Twenty years ago this weekend, central Georgia experienced the massive flooding from Tropical Storm Alberto.  The current 24 hour rainfall record for Georgia, 21.10 inches, fell in Americus on July 6, 1994 during the storm.  The extreme rainfall caused tremendous devastation in Macon, Montezuma, Albany and other areas in central and southwest Georgia.  Here are…

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